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Sunday 11 December 2016

Rats force GAA club to suspend all matches at public park

GAA games are suspended until next Monday week.
GAA games are suspended until next Monday week.

Rats forced a GAA club to suspend all matches at a public park.

Parents of children who play in the park in Lucan, Co Dublin, were upset to see several rats scurrying around the area.

Local GAA club Lucan Sarsfields suspended all games on the pitch at Willsbrook Park because of health fears.

South Dublin County Council confirmed the area has been baited with poison to kill the rats. A clean up of the park is underway.

Illegally-dumped domestic refuse and litter has contributed to the problem, coupled with recent hedge pruning, said a council spokeswoman.

Declan O’Leary, chairman of the GAA club, said the club decided to suspend all games on the pitch until next Monday week.

discussions

“We took the decision to suspend activities in the park after discussions with our own health and safety officer. 

“The Health Board and the council are making every effort to deal with the problem,” said Mr O’Leary.

Fianna Fail Councillor Ed O’Brien, who lives near the park, said: “Rats were seen in the vicinity of the pitch which led to the suspension of matches. The club fields 74 teams a week, most on their own GAA grounds and they use the pitch in the park as an extra overflow pitch.

“Some parents of young children were understandably upset to see rats in the park.

“It’s a lovely park. We hope the council will give the ‘all clear’ as soon as possible.”

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